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English definition of “clampdown”

clampdown

noun [C, usually singular]     /ˈklæmpdaʊn/
an action by a government or other authority to stop or control an illegal or unacceptable activity : In the wake of the attacks , a temporary security clampdown at border crossings has created major traffic jams .a clampdown on sth In a clampdown on tax fraud , more than 400,000 companies and public servants were audited last year .
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